A dedicated team of developers can be like a group of superheroes: specialized, great at what they do, and swooping in to save the day when you need them.
If you have a software development project in the future, a dedicated team of developers might be the powerhouse you need. Let’s take a look at how dedicated teams work, the pros, and possible cons. Then we’ll showcase some prime DT example projects and how to find your very own dedicated team of developers for hire.
How Does it Work?
Your company has an upcoming software development project but you don’t necessarily have the specialists, time, or resources to build the project in-house, so you hire an outsourcing company.
The outsourcing company has a talent pool of specialists and teams to fit a variety of projects. The team matched with your project becomes your dedicated team of developers.
This is generally a long-term partnership so the team can help with improvements and maintenance.
5 Benefits of a Dedicated Team of Developers
So why would you hire a team instead of tackling the project yourself? Here are the top 5 reasons to outsource.
The process of finding, hiring, and training specialized programmers is a project in itself. When you use a dedicated team, you have instant access to a global talent pool who are already pros at working remotely on a project-driven team. Have experts hire your experts.
Wages and benefits are paid for and taken care of by the outsourcing company. No onboarding, HR, or associated costs for you. Cost of living differences can also mean a lower price tag. A team based overseas may not have the same wage needs as someone in Silicon Valley.
If your needs change, the team can change. Easily. Do you need more or fewer developers? No problem. The ability to scale with your dedicated team is extremely freeing. Especially if you aren’t sure of the scope of your project when you start it.
The outsourcing company already knows its talent pool. The time it takes them to assess and identify experts for your project is a fraction of the time you would spend looking through resumes by yourself. If your project needs to be done quickly and effectively, a team is a way to go.
This team is built specifically for the project, they don’t require training to do the job. They are focused and isolated from other in-house complications. Because your dedicated team builds the software, they know how to troubleshoot, maintain, and improve it too.
4 Potential Drawbacks
As with all options, there are some limitations. Depending on your needs and expectations, these “cons” may not be a problem at all. But you should be aware of these 4 potential pitfalls before you make a final decision.
- Availability: if you have a team from a different time zone or region, make sure you account for that difference. Hours of operation and holidays can be drastically different with a worldwide team. Open communication about upcoming absences or restrictions is key here.
- Cultural Differences: your team will do their best to develop the best app they can but keep in mind that different cultures have different norms. What’s acceptable and what isn’t can vary widely. Be sensitive to different communication styles and cultural norms.
- Outsourcing Company: choosing the wrong outsourcing company can be a disaster. If they don’t have a strong talent pool or good communication systems, your team can go from superheroes to supervillains.
- Remote Work: miscommunications are the main concern for remote work teams. If your in-house and your dedicated team don’t have synchronized communication styles and expectations, problems can snowball very quickly. Keep instructions, deadlines, and next steps clear and consistent.
3 Types of Projects
Dedicated teams are most often used in these 3 scenarios:
If you have some in-house team gaps or no in-house team at all, a dedicated team will quickly fill in until you can patch those holes. It’s a ready-made software development department with no long-term commitment.
Large-Scale, Long-Term Projects
If your project is going to take intensive development over a long period of time, your remote team can dedicate that time while your in-house teams carry on with day-to-day and shorter-term projects.
If you’ve planned as much as you can and you have a feeling the scope of your project will vary wildly, use a dedicated team of developers. You can have as many or as few people as you need at any given time.
How Do You Find One?
Many vendors specialize in dedicated developer teams. A quick google search will give you (almost too many) options. Decide first, on your budget. Then follow the reviews and referrals.
Check how long the vendor has been in business and what type of projects they show in their portfolios. Their talent pool and experience are important but their ability to communicate with you is paramount. Reach out to your shortlist and see who makes you feel like you’re their only client.
Of course, we would be delighted to help with your project. But no matter what you decide – a dedicated team of developers or in-house – we wish you happy development and great teamwork! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at WillDom or connect with us on LinkedIn.